Principal must be reinstated (letter Andover Advertiser, Sept 20)
I felt I had to write to add my voice to last week’s correspondence concerning Andy Schofield and the Wellington Academy.
The front page story of 6 September gave the impression that Mr Schofield left the Academy following poor GCSE results. Yet in your paper of 13 September (under the headline “Ensuring all pupils strive to succeed”) was a very different view of the results. It seems that 93 per cent of Wellington students achieved five or more A* -C grades in GCSE and 77 per cent achieved eight ormore A* -C.
These results seem extremely good for a non-selective state school and would accord with your previous correspondent’s view that the students of WellingtonAcademy get enough exam passes to move on in life.
They may not all be in the GCSE subjects valued by Dr Seldon and Wellington College but, for some kids, they are more than enough to begin to break the cycle of social deprivation.
If I were still an Academy parent I would be petitioning the governors to bring back Andy Schofield, as I feel he has been unjustly forced out for reasons that, in light of the above, are now unclear.
I know anecdotes aren’t evidence, but I would like to share the following with your readers. My son was given a place in the Wellington Academy sixth form when no other post-16 educational opportunity was available. He enjoyed his year there. made valuable progress in core subjects and took the Applied Learning Construction course. This enabled him to get a place on a training scheme with a major house-builder and he is learning valuable skills for today’s job market.
There has to be some room in state education for children like my son, and I fail to see how the master of rarefied Wellington College (Tatler Magazine’s Top Private School 2013; famous old boys Rory Bremner, Will Young, Sebastian Faulks and James Hunt) can offer more than an experienced state school head like Andy Schofield. If there is justice, he will be reinstated soon.
Ms Miriam Moreton, Kings Chase, Andover
Conflicting figures of Wellington results (letter Andover Advertiser Sept 20)
Following on from the excellent letter in last week’s Advertiser it would appear the regime in charge have had the spin doctor’s working overtime.
As parents we were issued an email on August 30 that stated ‘following this year’s GCSE results Andy Schofield has left the Academy today.’ The reports in the national and local press merely detailed the slump from 47% to 37% in 5 GCSE A*-C including maths and English. There was no reference to the excellent A level results two weeks before and the fact 28 students were offered university places.
In fact the A level report has been deleted from the Academy website.
Parents then received an email / letter on September 6, three days after school started reassuring that although the headline figure of 37 per cent was indeed disappointing and well below expectations at the same time we would point out that some of the results the school received were very good indeed. For example, 93 per cent of students achieved 5 or more A*-C in GCSEs, well above the 2012 National average of 81.1 per cent, and 85 per cent of students achieved 8 or more A*-C GCSEs. We made notable progress with the top grades, nearly double the 2012 figures.
The A level results were also excellent overall. Facts that were not referred to in the information released following Andy Schofield’s departure.
Over the past four years Wellington Academy has grown under the excellent guidance and leadership of Andy Schofield, the rapport between him, the SLT and the students was exceptional, him and his team stuck to their strap line and ‘Changing Lives’. It would appear there has been a lack of clarity in the information issued to parents. How can any trust be forged when information changes in seven days?
30 August 2013 was a sad day for Wellington Academy, but will ultimately prove to be another education establishments gain.
M Collins, Spray Leaze, Ludgershall